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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 5, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-tucky Derby Stylee!

Congrats to 2018 Kentucky Derby winner Justify

Greetings,

Jamaicans love horse racing too. Every Kentucky Derby Saturday I try to spin a set devoted to Jamaican horse racing. Just as the bugle starts and gates fly, open I drop the bass and go for m own musical horse race.

In Jamaica, their main track is called Caymanas Park. And the jockeys tend to be Chinese-Jamaicans rather than Latin Americans, as in the US.

<Caymanas Park; 39 sec.>

And because this is Reggae, the best song is a track by Bojangles from when the Two Sevens Clashed (’77) on a grooving Culture riddim, he relays the race between these contenders in the Selassie I Cup: 24 sec.

  1. Babylon 2-1
  2. Soul Youth 3-1
  3. Rome – Even
  4. Pope Pius 3-5 (the guy in the Vatican in 1977)
  5. Dreadlocks 8-1
  6. Baldhead 15-1
  • Win! – Dreadlocks
  • Place! – Baldhead
  • Show! – Soul Youth

And here is what happened to Pope Pius….22 sec.

Pope Pius couldn’t finish out in the Selassie I Cup and the ambulance was called — Bojangles, ’77

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: May 5, 2018; 90 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jah Lloyd – Reggae Feeling; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK vinyl to Mike Brooks
  • Armagideon – Spiral Galaxy; 12″ (Dubhead) ’96 UK mutant dub vinyl of the hour
  • Big Youth – Hit the Road Jack (Tribute to Bob, Peter, Bunny); Jamming in the House of Dread (Danceteria) 8/20/90 Live at Reggae Japansplash
  • Sandra Cross & the Wild Bunch – Free South Africa; Roots Daughters (Ariwa) ’88
  • Little John – Smoke Ganga (sic) Hard; 10″ (Well Charge) ’81 JA 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
9 down, 41 to go!

Set 2: Kentucky Derby Set

  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 7″ (Well Charge) Kentucky Derby Set; Caymanas Park = J’can race track
  • The Pioneers – Longshot Kicked de Bucket; Greatest Hits (Trojan) ’79 UK vinyl
  • The Specials – Longshot Kicked de Bucket; Too Much Too Young (Receiver) ’79 Live at Astoria College: Pioneers cover
  • Racefans – Bookie Man; 7″ (Upset) ’70
  • Bojangles – Selassie I Cup; 7″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’77

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Misty in Roots – Judas Iscariot; Live at the Counter Eurovision (Kaz) ’79
  • Judy Mowatt – Concrete Jungle; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailers cover
  • Johnny Clarke – Don’t Call I Daddy; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75
  • Burning Spear – Down By the Riverside; Creation Rebel (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • African Brothers & King Tubby – Original Dub; African Brothers Meet  King Tubby in Dub (Nature Sounds) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Hollie Cook – Stay Alive; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018 UK mutant dubstress
  • Flick Wilson – Lucifer; Don’t Give Up Your Culture (Moll-Selekta) ’80
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Merlene Gifford – Solid As a Rock; Chicken Scratch (Heartbeat/Studio One) early Rock Steady
  • Trinity – Healing of the Nation; 12′ (Burning Vibrations) ’82 herbtune
  • Itopia Band – Why; 10″ (Wackies) ’82 Bronx
Dawta of a Sex Pistol Slits member. Smile Jlamaica’s favorite Mutant Dubstress

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Black Stalin – Vampire Year; In Ah Earlier Time (Makossa Internation) ’81 Trinidad & Tobago soca 
  • Sister Carol – International Style; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Chalice – Dance Hall Daze; Crossfire (CTS) ’85 JA
  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Keep You Dancing (Century) ’84 UK
  • Desi Roots – Nature Boy; Doing It Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – Burial; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) Live at the Roxy 11/5/82 Los Angeles
  • Bunny Wailer – One Drop; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 covers of Bob Marley for his 50th birthday
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Who Colt the Game + Dub; Lost Black Ark Sessions (Ascension) rare Lee Perry prod’ns

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Cymande – Brothers on the Slide; Cymande (Sequel) ’74 Dove of Peace – UK Caribeean expats
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (Infinity) ’78 UK
  • David Lindley – Twist & Shout; El Rayo-X (Elektra) ’81 Beatles cover
  • Pretenders – Private Life; Pretenders (Sire) ’80

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • The Archives feat. Ichelle Cole – Boof Baff; The Archives (ESL) 2012 DC w/ female vox
  • Dub Syndicate – Bazooke; King Size Dub Volume 2 (Echo Beach) ’96 UK
  • Iration Steppers – Kilimanjaro; Lead With the Bass II (Universal Egg) ’96 UK  
  • Prince David & the Abassi All-Stars – Put Life First; 10″ Humble Lion EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Lou Lou – Le Monde; Mirror Conspiracy (ESL) 2000 Fr. female vox

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Endless Summer of Roots Reggae!

 

Dem a roots, dem a branches. I & I Natty Roots – Bob Marley

Greetings,

Took Labor day weekend off on Terrestrial radio but labored (inna labour of love) in my new Ark-Ives culling the best Roots Reggae selections without objection.

Cooked everything up in my Secret Dubratory. Couples week back we ended summer with 3 hours of Mutant Dub. Post Labor Day bookends with 3 hours of my favorite Roots Reggae.

Alpha & Omega!

bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • Judy Mowatt – Get Up Chant; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Aswad – Bubbling; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Benjamin Zephaniah & the Wailers – Stop de War; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Bim Sherman – It Must Be a Dream + Dreaming Dub; Bim Sherman Meets U Black & Horace Andy inna Rub-a-Dub-Style (Original) ‘79
  • Rita Marley – Who Feels It Knows It; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’81 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Bingy Bunny & the Morwells – Educate Your Mind; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘75
  • Black Roots – Spare the Rod; All Day All Night (Nubian) UK ‘87
Stop de War pon North Korea

30-60 min.

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Duppy Conqueror; African Herbsman (Trojan) Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’ Out of Babylon; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘78
  • Black Slate – Amigo; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • Burning Spear – Foggy Road; Hail H.I.M. (Heartbeat) ’80
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Time Gawn + Arising (For Youths of Azania) ’91 UK female dub poet
  • Capital Letters – Vinyard; Vinyard (Greensleeves) ’82 UK youth group
  • David Lindley – She Took Off My Romeos; El Rayo-X (Asylum) ’82 Rockers does Reggae
  • Dennis Brown – Money in My Pocket; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ’79
Saw him at The Zephyr, Salt Lake City – 1988. Bought this album the next day!

60 – 90 min.

  • Culture – Weeping; Production Something (Heartbeat) 70’s extended mix
  • Sheila Hylton – The Bed’s Too Big Without You; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) Police cover: Montego Bay Aug. ‘81
  • Black Uhuru – Chill Out; Chill Out (Mango) ‘82
  • Cymande – Fug; Cymande (Sequel) ’71 UK soul/reggae/jazz
  • Don Carlos – Zion Train; Just a Passing Glance (RAS) ‘84
  • Martha Velez – Happiness; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob Marley cover/production
Sister of Hendrix conga player Jerry Velez. Produced by Bob Marley. Mixed by Lee Perry. Wailers on the riddims. Bob covers

90 min – 2 hr.

  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Share the Wealth; Free Us Now (ACL) ‘77
  • Gregory Isaacs – Cool Down the Pace; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
  • Lijadu Sisters – Bobby; Danger (Knitting Factory) ’76 Nigerian sisters do Reggae
  • Jacob “Killer” Miller – Take a Lift; Mix Up Moods (Top Ranking) ’80 herbtune
  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack)  ’75
  • Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now; I Can See Clearly Now (CBS) ’72
Killer African Reggae jam

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 UK female trio
  • Ini Kamoze – General; Mini LP (Island) ‘84
  • Keith Hudson – I’m Not Satisfied; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ‘79
  • Chris HInze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Bamboo Reggae (Keyton) ’83 Dutch flautist in JA
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry feat. George Faith – I Got the Groove; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 Adrian Sherwood update
  • Aisha – Guide and Protect; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88

2 and 1/2  – 3 hr.

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglaan Is a Bitch; Bass Culture (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet
  • Matumbi – Guide Us Jah; Empire Road (EMI) ‘78
  • Max Edwards – Rockers Arena; Rockers Arena (Epiphany) ‘82
  • Love Joys – Let Me Rock You Now; Lovers Rock Reggae Style (Wackies) ’83 female duo
  • Mighty Diamonds – You Are Just a Song; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’77 Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • Mikey Dread – Break Down the Walls; Beyond World War III (Heartbeat) ‘81
  • Peter Broggs – No Ism Pon de Riddim; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
Just say no to World War III

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate (Stream + Tracklist): Best of 29 Years of Reggae Radio!

Greetings,

July 2, 1988 was when I ‘n’ I debuted at 3AM on a hot summer night late Sunday/early Monday on radio station KRCL. The name of the show was 3 o’clock Roadblock named after the Bob Marley song.

That started a 3 decade journey of 29 years of Reggae Radio. After a year or so I moved from early morning graveyard shift to the big show: Smile Jamaica. 

Saturdays 1-4 PM in 1989-1990 and then moved back to 4pm. Planted my flag and never left.

If I figure I average about 45 shows a year (with time away for cratedigging on the weekends). That amounts to 1305 + shows. Almost 4000 hours of Reggae.

I celebrated with all vinyl a couple weeks back. Took last Saturday off and cooked up a CD best of 29 years in my Secret Dubratory.

Thanks for the musical memories!

bless, robt

If I remember correctly: Black Uhuru’s What Is Life was the first song I played on Reggae Radio: 3AM July 2, 1088

0-30 min.

  • Naturalites – Picture on the Wall; Rub a Dubble vol. 2 (CSA) ’88 UK
  • Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Brainwashing; African Herbsman (Trojan)  ’71 nursery rhyme
  • Peter Tosh – Recruiting Soldiers; Mystic Man (EMI America) ‘79
  • Bunny Wailer – Cool & Deadly; Marketplace (Shanachie) ‘85
  • Marcia Griffiths – Where Were You; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Aswad – Bubblin; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Dis Policeman Keeps on Kickin’ Me to Death; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet 
“Inna my house, there’s a picture on the wall. Rastafari sit upon his throne.”

30-60 min.

  • Bim Sherman – Lamb of Judah + Judah Dub; Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy & U Black in a Rub a Dub Style (Original) ‘79
  • Cedella Marley Booker – He’s a Rastaman; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 Bob’s Mom tribute to Bob
  • Bingy Bunny & the Morwells – Bit by Bit; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘74
  • Black Roots – Pin in the Ocean; All Day All Night (Nubian) ’87 UK
  • Black Slate – Reggae Music; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Time Gawn + Arising; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK female dub poet
  • Black Uhuru – Eye Market; Chill Out (Mango)  ’82 

60 min – 90 min

  • Burning Spear – Fittest of the Fittest (Heartbeat) ’83
  • Capital Letters – Fire; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group
  • Judy Mowatt – Rock Me; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’86
  • Creation Rebel – Chatti Chatti Mouth; Psychotic Jonkanoo (Statik/ON U Sound) ’81  Mutant Dub
  • Cymande – Brothers on the Side; Cymane (Sequel) ’74 Cymande = dove of peace. UK crossover group
  • Jay Boys – African People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan)  ’72 Paul Revere and the Raiders cover – Indian Reservation  cover
  • Love Joys – One Draw; Lovers Rock (Wackies)  ’83 female duo on Rita Marley herbtune 
Cymande – Dove of Peace: UK diaspora of rock, soul, reggae, jazz

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • David Lindley – Quarter of a Man; El Rayo-X (Elektra)
  • Dennis Brown – So Jah Say; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Max Romeo – Uptown Babies Don’t Cry; War ina Babylon (Mango) ‘76
  • Martha Velez & the Wailers – Bend Down Low (Sire) ’76 Bob Marley cover/production
  • Dillinger – Mickey Mouse Crab Louse; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 rude
  • Don Carlos – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ’84 
Saw David Lindley at the Zephyr (SLC) Summer ’87. Bought this album the next day

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Linton Kwesi Johnson & Dennis Bovell – Miami Beach;  Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 single
  • Patti Smith – Redondo Beach; Horses (Arista) ‘75
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Natty Dreadlocks a Superstar; Free Us Now (Jah Rubbaal) ‘77
  • Gregory Isaacs – Sad to Know (You’re Leaving); Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (Infinity) ’78 UK soul does reggae
  • Phyllis Dillon – Midnight Confession; Midnight Confession (Treasure Isle) ’68 Grass Roots cover
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Haile I Hymn (Mango) ’78
Got this album for Christmas 1978. Thanks Mom!

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Ini Kamoze – Trouble You, Trouble Me; Mini LP (Island) ‘84
  • Jacob Miller – A Chapter a Day; Mixed Up Moods (Top Ranking) ‘80
  • Sister Carol – Wild Thing; Something Wild Soundtrack (MCA) ’86 Troggs re-work
  • Jah Wobble – Dreadlock Don’t Deal in Wedlock; The Legend Lives On (Virgin) ‘80
  • Johnny Clarke – Crazy Baldheads + Academy Award Version; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 Bob Marley cover
  • Keith Hudson – Musicology; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ‘79
  • UB40 feat. Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim (DEP) ’85 update of group’s Version Girl

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 16, 2016 (Stream + Tracklist: Happy 28th Anniv. – CD Stylee!


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Greetings,

<Celebrating 28 Years of Reggae Radio-  best of the early years; 28 sec.>

Spring of 1988 my college roommate and I were having pizza at The Pie near the University of Utah campus. They were playing the local community radio station, KRCL over their hi fi.

We heard for a new volunteer call. My roommate was doing modern 80’s indie sounds and I was doing Reggae on the Univ. of Utah’s radio club K-UTE. Even on that low frills setup (they only broadcast in the Student Union) we had some radio experience. How to mix songs, do set breaks, maintain logs etc.

So we went down to KRCL and pitched our shows. KRCL was set for modern indie sounds but they wanted to expand their ethnic music programming. They accepted my application to do a Sunday Night/Monday  AM show I called 3 o’clock Roadblock – after the Bob Marley song on Natty Dread. The show went from 3AM to 6AM.

After about six weeks of training, I debuted either late June or early July 1988. For the nite owls, insomniacs and graveyard workers. Not a lot of listeners but I learned radio. I did that for a year or so (during the coldest winter in 40 years.) I had to call AAA twice that winter.

In Oct. of ’89, I switched to Saturdays on Smile Jamaica. We were on at 1pm back in the 80’s. My bredren Rutaabaga Reese and I together until about summer of 1990 and then I flew solo. And I just keep on keeping on!

So we celebrate that legacy today with 28 years of Roots Reggae and Dubwize!

Selah!

bless, robt

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This album lit the fuse

Smile Jamaica’s Top 5 Salt Lake City Record Stores, 1986-1990

  1. Smokey’s Records; (defunct mid 90’s)
  2. Cosmic Aeroplane (defunct around ’90)
  3. Randy’s Records (still going, mostly vinyl now!)
  4. Starbound (defunct mid 2000’s)
  5. Mad Platter (defunct)
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Still slinging the roots!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 16, 2016: Annotated Playlist – 28 Years: CD version; 17 sec.

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – What Is Life? (E.T. Thorngren rmx); Anthem (Island) ’83

<It was Black Uhuru that made me a Reggae fanatic; 1 min 3 sec.>

  • Impact! All-Stars; Java; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’72 UK vinyl: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Naturalites & Realistics – Picture on the Wall; Rub-a-Dubble vol. 1 (CSA) ’86 UK

<#1 hit of the Islands – Picture on the Wall; 31 sec.>

  • Yellowman – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt; Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer; International Farmer (RAS) ’82 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 UK dawta trio
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July 23 – all Haile Selassie on his birthday, 1892

Set 2: Seven Leaf Set; 13 aec.

  • Carlton Livingston – Trodding Through the Jungle; Retrospect (Grapevine) 
  • Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja; 12” Mix; Headline News (Greensleves) ’79 UK youth group
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…with Chalice in hand!

Set 3:

  • Third World – 96 Degrees in the Shade; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ‘77

<Jamaican Heroes martyred in their fight against the Brits; 32 sec.>

  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 Mad Prof.
  • The Beat – Tears of a Clown; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go-Feet) ’80 Smokey Robinson 2 Tone ska cover
  • Don Carlos – Jah, Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub cover of Bob Marley
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Jamaican martyrs waiting their turn on the gallows

Set 4: Wailers Family Tree; 23 sec.

The Dreads:

  • Peter Tosh – Till Your Well Runs Dry; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76, William Bell cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Burial; Sings the Wailers (Mango) ’81, Tosh cover
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – 3 o’clock Roadblock; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’82: diff. mix: the name of my 1988-89 Reggae show; 1min.

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Set 4: Wailers Family Tree – Sistas

  • Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; Harambe (Shanachie) ’82
  • Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Bob Marley cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
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Harambee Kenya’s soccer team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 6:

  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Jerusalem; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86 Ivory Coast

<Jerusalem: English, French, Arabic, Hebrew>

  • Sister Carol – Jah Is Mine; Black Cinderella (Jah Life/Heartbeat) ’84 Carpenters + Michael Jackson/McCartney
  • Dennis Brown – Money in My Pocket; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Prince Far I – Survival; Umkhonto we Sizwe (Tamoki Wambesi) ’83 deejay; Spear of the Nation

<Mandela’s ANC army faction: Burning Spear + Spear of the Nation>

  • Augustus Pablo – Thriller; Thriller (Echo) ’80 UK vinyl; Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • David Lindley & El Rayo X – Bye Bye Love; El Rayo X (Asylum) ’81

<Live at the Zephyr Club; 22 sec.>

  • Eric Clapton – Willie and the Hand Jive; 461 Ocean Boulevard (Polygram) ’74 soul cover done reggae
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (Infinity) ’78 UK soul/rock/reggae
  • Patti Smith – Redondo Beach; Horses (Arista) ‘76
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Zephyr Club, Salt Lake City: Summer 1988

Set 8: Mutant Dub Set

  • African Head Charge – Gospel Train; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’90 UK
  • Akabu – Warrior Queen; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group
  • Jah Woosh – Woodpecker Sounds; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red) ’81 UK ON U Sound mi
  • Badawi – Turbo Auto Drive; Bedouin Sound Clash (ROIR) ’96 Jewish mystical dub
  • Ruts DC Meets the Mad Professor – The Prisonder; Rhythm Dub Collision (ROIR) ’87 UK punkdub
  • Alpha & Omega Meets Dub Judah – Almighty Jah; Almighty Jah  (A & O) ’92 UK trancedub

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Words of Wisdom:

 

Smile Jamaica Playlist Jah-gust 29, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Sturgeon Moon Stylee!

Greetings,

As an avid skywatcher looking for UFOs, last Saturday was a special treat. The Supermoon (aka the Sturgeon Moon). Hot end of Summer Saturday. Watched a little baseball, waited for the sun to go down and around Midnight I sat on my front steps with a little bourbon (and some spinach salad) and scanned the skies while Thievery Corporation* boomed in my living room. I look for Aliens but alas have never seen one of their crafts.

*Mutant Dub your UFO skywatching soundtrack

One summer on my way home to Montana one of the Supermoons was so bright, I shut off my headlights and drove a mile down I 15 illuminated only by Moonlight.

One day before it’s my time, I will see a UFO. Because they are out there! Do not scoff!

bless, robt

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Who do you believe? The liars in the government or your own eyes?

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 29, 2015 Playlist: photos, captions, soundbytes, Reggae History Lessons

Show High-lights; 43 sec.

Set 1:

  • A Doeman – Jah Jah Come Now; Jah Jah Now Come (I & I Sounds) Los Angeles vinyl
  • Sly & Robbie – Plastic Dub; (Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic); Dub Album of the Hour

<“Don’t show I your teeth, your plastic smile nah work” – Michael Rose, Black Uhuru; 39 sec.>

  • Rastafarians – Roll Call; Orthodox (Makasound) ’81 Santa Cruz, CA
  • Johnny Clarke & U Brown – Stop Tribal War/No More Tribal War; 10” (Observer Gold) ‘76
  • Jah Lion – Colombia Colly; Colombia Colly (Mango) ’76; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
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1976

Set 2:

  • The Wailers – Stop That Train (JA + UK/US); Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) ‘73

<Catch a Fire: JA original mix vs. US/UK overdubs. Both A+; 16 sec.>

<Differences in the two mixes: Stop That Train; 33 sec.>

  • Black Survivors – Catch a Vampire; Nations of the World (Sword Lion) ’95 UK
  • Christine Miller – The Light; 10” (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 militant steppers
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Gritty Jamaican mix vs. Euro/US psychedelic rocker mix? You’ve got chocolate in my peanut butter!

Set 3: Best of 27 Years – Reggae Radio; 16 sec.

  • The Itals – Living in the Ghetto; Early Recordings (Nighthawk) ’71-’79: Best of 27 Years Set
  • Roots Radics – Ear Say; Freelance (Kingdom) ‘85

<Roots Radics: Held hostage in England when Gregory Isaacs was a no show>

  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Kalachnikov Love; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86 Ivory Coast
  • Akabu – Blackbird; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’89 UK female group
  • Crazy Caribs – 50 Pence Dub; Dancehall Dub (Ariwa); 2004 Dub Album of the Hour
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Added in the first month of the 3 decades of building the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is; Live at the Jamaica World Music Festival (Peter Tosh Foundation): Montego Bay, JA: 11/27/82 – sunrise
  • Bunny Wailer – Dog War; Gumption (Shanachie) ’90 Toots Hibbert cover

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Set 5: Vinyl is Vital 

  • Triston Palma – Jailhouse; Joker Lover (Jah Guidance) ’82 JA
  • Mighty Diamonds – Pass the Kouchie; Indestructible (Alligator) ’82 Chicago; herbtune
  • Nicodimis (sic) – Mother in Law; She Love It in the Morning (Hit Bound) ’82 Brooklyn
  • Alton Ellis – Too Late to Turn Back Now; Fashion Revives – The Jamaican Connection (Fashion) UK; Cornelius Brothers soul cover
  • Lillian Allen – Revolutionary Tea Party; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’86 Canadian dub poet
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Canadian Dub Poet “trumps” the American Tea Party by 20 plus years

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae Set

  • David Lindley – Do You Wanna Dance; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 
  • Daryl Jenifer – Black Judas; In Search of Black Judas (ROIR) 2010; bass player for Bad Brains
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (RAK) ’78 UK soul/rock hybrid
  • Patti Smith  – Redondo Beach; Horses (Arista) ’75
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Patti’s roommate Robert Mapplethorpe snapped the cover photo

Set 7: Livicated to His Imperial Majesty; 18 sec.

  • Althea & Donna – Jah Rastafari; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78: Hail HIM Set
  • Devon Russell – Thank You Jah; Prison Life (Tamoki Wambesi) ‘83
  • Chronicle – Jah Rise; Culture Jugglin’ (Massive B) 2005
  • Leroy Smart – Jahoviah; Hit Bound! Revolutionary Sound of Channel One (Heartbeat) ‘77

<Reggae History Lesson: Rockers 20 sec. intro on Channel One 7″s; 1 min 15>

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Roots Dawta Deejay Duo – Smile Jamaica favorite

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Ari Up – Kill ‘em With Love; Dread More Dan Dead (Collision) 2005 former lead singer of the Slits, New Age Steppers: Mutant Dub Set

<RIP Ari Up – Johnny Rotten’s stepdaughter; 26 sec.>

  • Aswad – African Children ’06; Aswad vs. the Rhythm Riders (Liaison) 2006 jungle remix of UK roots reggae
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Lee’s Garden; Mighty Upsetter (ON U Sound) 2008
  • Congo Natty/Adrian Sherwood – Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed; Process Meets Ghetto Priest
  • Jah Warrior – Herbsman Anthem; Hi-Fidelity Dub Sessions 2 (Guidance) 2000 Chicago label
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Ari Up (left) of The Slits – punk dub and reggae

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